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Mountain Cottage is aptly named, given its stunning views of the area around Coniston in the Lake District National Park. Over the last two centuries, the 19th Century cottage has evolved into a beautiful holiday home that can comfortably sleep up to five guests in three bedrooms. It is perfect for families and friends who appreciate its location on the edge of Coniston village, being within a five-minute walk of five different pubs, and only a ten minute walk to the shores of Coniston Water.
Coniston is a fantastic place to stay on your Lake District holiday. Not only is it beautiful it has excellent amenities and a friendly community that is very welcoming to visitors. Some favourite Lake District walks start from, or pass through, the village, including the famous Cumbrian Way. The summit of the Old Man is little more than two miles from Mountain Cottage, and Tarn Hows and the Wrynose Pass are also close. Mountain Cottage truly is in the heart of this amazing landscape!
Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the national park, and there are well-waymarked footpaths that allow you to walk around its circumference. Bird watching, fishing and sailing are all typical pastimes, or you can peacefully sit and enjoy the sound of birdsong and the beauty of the light playing on the water. Mountain biking is an extremely popular activity and rightly so, with the magnificent variety of trails around the area. Grizedale Forest is a short, 20-minute drive from the cottage, or there is a 20-mile route that takes you past Walna Scar and Torver, and around the lake.
The Ruskin Museum, named after the venerable local writer, artist and philosopher, John Ruskin, celebrates the history of the people who have called the village home. Civilisation here dates as far back as the Neolithic period, but more recently, Coniston was the site of four World Water Speed Records set by Donald Campbell, who sadly perished during another attempt on the lake. Campbell is buried at St Andrew’s Church in Coniston with a bluebird on his gravestone.
Other Coniston attractions include the Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola which is managed by the National Trust and sails regally around Coniston Water, and Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin. Further afield are Bowness-on-Windermere and Grasmere, the latter being famous as the home of British poet William Wordsworth.
The Lake District National Park attractions millions of visitors every year for its breathtaking beauty, yet it is still possible to find a trail that makes you feel like you are the only person in this magnificent landscape. Coniston is central to many of its attractions, making Mountain Cottage a wonderfully located and welcoming holiday home.
Will Coley joined Independent Cottages in March 2017
Mountain Cottage has the warmth and charm you would hope to find in a building that has been lived in for over two hundred years. The owners have taken care to ensure it is comfortable for modern guests without ruining the character that makes it such an appealing place to stay.
Outside: A summer house named The Belvedere occupies a high point in the garden. Almost as old as the house, it still serves its original purpose as a reading room, although with stunning views of Coniston Water from the balcony you would easily be forgiven for not turning a page. The mature gardens are quiet and peaceful, with amazing views of the surrounding landscape. A separate outdoor shelter called The Rest has a heat lamp so you can sit and enjoy the views whatever the weather. The Pavilion houses a games room with table football, a large chalkboard and family board games for relaxed screen-free fun. The extensive gardens also feature a barbecue and seating area for summer meals. There is private off-street parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and towels are included in the cost of hire. There is an additional cleaning fee. No smoking. Well behaved pets are most welcome. Seven night or longer bookings taken.
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New for 2019: - Digital guidebook, with a interactive map of suggestions and easy to navigate info - Games including my favourite Articulate. - Nutribullet, start your day with a smoothie.
| Mon, 16 Dec 2019 for 4 nights, £499
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